Skin Dryness – Things that You Can Do

 

Expert’s Name: Gail Edgell

What is Happening to My skin?

Everything seems to be dry as you move into your menopausal years: skin, hair, nails and vagina. Many women describe themselves as a prune. There are some things you can do to combat flaky, cracked skin just by eating the right foods.

  • Eat antioxidant rich foods with large amounts of vitamin C and E. Both of these vitamins help reduce free radical damage that contributes to aging skin. So what types of foods fall into high in Vitamin C category? Red bell peppers, broccoli, citrus fruits, mangoes, strawberries and raspberries. Foods high in vitamin E are almonds, sunflower seeds, and hazelnuts.
  • Food high in vitamin B biotins which form the foundation of our skin, hair and nails. They include liver, oats, turkey, avocados, bananas, legumes and kefir yogurt.
  • Lean proteins such as low fat yogurt or cheese, turkey, chicken, lean beef and pork, and sardines.
  • Vitamin A helps to repair damaged skin. Foods that are high in vitamin A are sweet potatoes, carrots, mangoes, spinach, cantaloupe, dried apricots, milk, and cheese.
  • Soy has be known to improve skin tone, hair and nails. In a recent study of women taking Revival soy, 93 percent showed significant improvements in skin flaking, discoloration, and even winkles. They also reported improvements in the health of their hair.
  • CoEnzyme Q10 which is found in every cell of the body is an antioxidant. It has been shown to change the appearance of skin. It can be found in lean red meat, salmon and nuts.
  • Last, water and Omega 3 fatty acids are also keys to having beautiful skin. Omega-3’s can help to decrease inflammation. And proper hydration is necessary to maintain and prevent excessive dryness.

So once again, it proves that eating healthy has another health benefit.

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